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TWA Interiors From The 70s (Flower Power!)

Tue Feb 07, 2006 9:33 pm

Another thread mentioned various marketing gimmicks of the old days designed to entice passengers. Starting in 1970 TWA had the 'twin seat' which featured a center seat whose back folded down to make a cocktail table when not occupied. They also had some colorful cabins:


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From what I've learned, the cabins of the aircraft were made to look different by deliberately mixing various seat covers from one big collection, so the 880 you'd fly one day would have one motif, and the others would look different. There were blues, greens, golds, reds, oranges for the seat covers (each with its own number), and five different carpets (gold, blue, turquoise, red and orange), depending on the aircraft. (It looks like the 707s above are orange and blue respectively, and the 880 is gold)

Do any of you have memories to share about flying on, designing, or working with these cabins? Any pics you could scan and post? I think it was applied fleet-wide, so the widebodies had them as well. One ex-TWAer I spoke with said these were a big pain to maintain, since you had to stock so many replacement seat covers at various stations on the system, but they are fun to look at.
 
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Tue Feb 07, 2006 11:06 pm

I enjoyed seeing those. Brings to mind the "Golden Age" of aviation. Here are a few others I saw that looked like "flower power".


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Tue Feb 07, 2006 11:26 pm

Those are great.

BTW, the scoop on the Wardair DC-10 interior is that it's based on the Braniff Big Orange 747 (N601BN). Wardair ended up with the erstwhile Big Watermelon (N602BN) which was never delivered to Braniff, but must have had the interior installed. The seat covers, walls, etc. are identical to the 'red room' and 'yellow room' in the BN 747. You can almost treat that as a fantasy pic for a BN DC-10 cabin circa 1973.
 
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Tue Feb 07, 2006 11:48 pm

This is one of the coolest threads... I enjoyed all the classic pictures... Great Job
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 1:33 am

I enjoyed too looking at those interior pictures. At that time American, Delta and Northwest also had seats of various colors:


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Wed Feb 08, 2006 1:41 am

In addition to the bright seat colors, TWA comissioned an artist to do a series of Peter Max-style murals to cover the bulkhead mounted movie screens on the 747s and L-1011's. They were brightly colored and had various themes from the TWA route system; 'Europe' 'Asia' 'USA', etc. These same murals were reproduced as menu covers in both First Class and Coach. It was even suggested that you collect them all and frame them. (I still have a few!)

BTW, TWA was also the only airline to have a mid- cabin Coach Lounge on their domestic 707s. A pair of seats faced each other with a small cocktail table between. Across the aisle was a tiny stand up bar. The lounge divided the cabin into two sections and eliminated the long tube look. I remember these 707s as the most attractive and comfortable aircraft I have ever flown.

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Wed Feb 08, 2006 1:51 am

They remind me of Varig interior of the 70/80's.
Big flower, orange,yellow,green...

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Wed Feb 08, 2006 1:54 am

The second Braniff also had the middle seat fold down option in its 727's I remember they touted it as a friendly feature and more room for the business traveler.
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 3:03 am

Wow! Wardair certainly did have eye opening designs!
I think airlines used color to add to the excitement of air travel.
What I seem to remember of DL at the time was army drab green seats and carpeting and white or beige walls. The most boring of them all!
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 3:44 am

Looks so much nicer, and creates a way warmer atmosphere than todays navy blue or gray cabins.

Why not bring back the multicolored cabins and wall-panles with decorations like in the old days.

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Wed Feb 08, 2006 3:53 am

Hey folks, thanks for all the great replies. I have a TWA Tristar brochure from 1972 and you can see those Peter-Max type murals that Nomadic mentioned. One of them features a bright orange-red Chinese type design (looks like a Chinese junk and a dragon). Up in First Class there's a silhouette of an African woman with some abstract rings, and another features Michelangelo's David and the Parthenon, in more green/blue colors. Obviously, TWA destinations were being featured.

While we're at it, here is a TWA 747 from the same period:


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Even the upper deck got this treatment. It's also clear that the 747s were set up so that each compartment had it's own theme. If you combine all the TWA pics in this thread you can see how someone really went to town to mix the various colours.

The L-1011 in the brochure I have shows that the L-1011 had one them throughout coach and one in First Class. On that aircraft, the coach featured 5 different seat covers: rust, beige, blue, yellow and olive-gold, with a turquoise carpet. First class was the pink, orange, and a brownish orange with a red carpet. Many of the seat covers in that aircraft are featured in the photos here. I'm sure many more of them were mixed in various ways on the various TWA aircraft. In fact, I was daydreaming about this during a very boring meeting today.

I wonder how many total seat covers there were and I can't imagine that the ones shown here are the extent of them. It's sad to think that all the records and materials for these designs were probably thrown in a dumpster somewhere. Argh.
 
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 4:12 am

Quoting CF-CPI (Reply 10):
I have a TWA Tristar brochure from 1972 and you can see those Peter-Max type murals that Nomadic mentioned.

Do they look like these?


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Wed Feb 08, 2006 4:51 am

I love this thread too. I have a thing about aircraft interiors, and I love being able to look at the pictures, especially in the 70's and 80's when designers had a bit of imagination prior to the current theme of aircraft interior design which seems to center around blue, blue and more blue-and mabie a bit of grey to spice things up...

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Wed Feb 08, 2006 5:07 am

the L1011 looked very spacious from the inside
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:29 am

The 1011's were very spacious...but noisy..Strong and capable to fly non stop from BOS to CDG then on to CAI and BOM or TLV... Long and great memories from a former TRANS WORLD employee.Long life to all TWA fans.
 
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:30 am

Brings back horrible memories of Air New Zealand 762 & 742 interiors up to... wait for it... the mid 80's... yellow/teal/light blue seat covers and in the case of the 762's... grey & white walls... it was awful!
 
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:33 am

Quoting Ctbarnes (Reply 12):
PS: Anyone got pics of interiors from the old CP Air or UTA prior to merging with AF?

I have a CP Air brochure for the DC-10 from 1980. They still went for the brighter colours such as yellow/orange and red. Here and there on bulkheads there were some eskimo motifs. The red and orange were also used on the DC-8s. First Class had a red pattern that reminded me of raspberry sherbet. I'll
try to find the brochure and report more details.

I have a UTA folder from 1973, when they introduced the DC-10 and the billboard UTA, with the doors painted dark blue (back when EuroWhite was new and exciting). Anyhow, the seat covers were a subdued plaid, pretty nice looking, as most of the shades were beige or nutmeg color. I remember the headrest covers had big flowers on them (for the South Pacific no doubt).
 
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:34 am

I guess you had to be there (a lot of nostalgia on this thread.) The open bars seemed totally awesome, as did the lounges. BUT the color patterns on the seats were horrendous. I liked the cleaner, one-pattern approach that the cabins had in the 1980s (that lasted through the 1990s and today.)

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Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:36 am

Quoting DL Widget Head (Reply 11):
Quoting CF-CPI (Reply 10):
I have a TWA Tristar brochure from 1972 and you can see those Peter-Max type murals that Nomadic mentioned.

Do they look like these?

Yeah WidgetHead, those are they. You can barely glimpse the Statue of David one in the background. This must have been a hybrid interior when they were changing over to the blue and red, but hadn't changed the bulkheads.
 
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:42 am

TWA at one time also used different colored boarding passes to coordinate with which zone of the 747 cabin that you were seated in. Since there were 5 colored zones on the main deck you just matched your boarding pass with the color of the zone. Incidentally the upper deck lounge was advertised as "the penthouse." Flight attendants wore paper dresses matched with the destination, "Penthouse pajamas,' "the Roman toga," "the English pub girl" to name a few.
In 1978 TWA changed everything by changing cabin interiors to the more conservative, blue,red,grey scheme and by introducing the Ralph Lauren military inspired uniform, that every other airline has worn for the last 25 years.

Imagination, service and marketing set airlines like TWA, Eastern, PanAm and Braniff apart from the others. Unfortunately it takes more than that to survive in today's world. Ask AA.

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Wed Feb 08, 2006 7:05 am

Quoting CF-CPI (Reply 10):
I wonder how many total seat covers there were and I can't imagine that the ones shown here are the extent of them. It's sad to think that all the records and materials for these designs were probably thrown in a dumpster somewhere. Argh.

It was quite a hassle getting a matching seat cover if by chance one was soiled during the flight. Each different seat cover had a serial number on the bottom. The f/a's had to call fleet service and give them the seat and seat cover number of the cushion. They usually would have one delivered before the flight departed. Now they just throw a blanket over it.
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 10:26 am

The old days of aviation! It's times like those, looking at those crazy colors, that I'm glad I wasn't alive in the '70s.
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 10:47 am

In the summer of 1986 my wife and I traveled to FRA from BWI on what was supposed to have been a World Airways DC-10. However, at that time, World was pulling back from its transcontinental/transatlantic scheduled pax service and subbed some flying to Skystar International. Imagine the look on our face as we walked down the jetway [you couldn't see the aircraft from the departure lounge because of construction if I recall] and entered what I believe to have been a former PA 707 - 20032/793. The interior was dingy at best.

However, on the way home, we boarded a former NW/BWIA 707 - 19631/634 - that had the wildest melon and lime interior fabrics. It was truly a blast from the past, the stenciled TROPICAL TRANSIT titles on the side as we boarded from the tarmac in FRA did not add to our confidence.

Anyway, a groovy experience and a fun topic.
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 10:52 am

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Wed Feb 08, 2006 10:55 am

Great photo collection! I wish you would've included the mini-skirt, and gogo-boot wearing "stewardesses"!
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:02 am

What was with all of he color choices back then. They were bright orange, orbright yellow, bright green. Everythin was bright as compared to today's schemes looking rather businesslike and professional? They are nice, but a little too much on the eyes
 
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:05 am

Best thread in a long time. Enjoyed the comments and the photos.

Total flashback when I saw those overhead dome lights on the TWA 707 and the smoking sign attached to the seat.

Amazing to look at those seats -- they were so padded and comfy when compared to today's thin little seats.

I recall flying in a Transamerica 747 charter from JFK to ORY in the summer of '82 and the interior of that thing was wild. Bright flower color patterns that changed in every cabin. Never forget how much fun that was. Would be great if someone had any Transamerica interior shots to post.

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Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:05 am

You had smoker compartments back then so the plane would also have an interesting smell.
I love the 70ies styling.
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:14 am

Quoting CF-CPI (Reply 16):
Brings back horrible memories of Air New Zealand 762 & 742 interiors up to... wait for it... the mid 80's... yellow/teal/light blue seat covers and in the case of the 762's... grey & white walls... it was awful!

To be replecd by safe/generic/corporate/marketing driven ennui/blandness.
I distinctly remember my first AirNz DC10 flight in first to LAX in 1974. YesTeal, and yes sheepskin seat covers. No centre overhead bins, spacious! We didn't take the sink with us. And yes, air travel was more elitist then. And I will never forget it.
 
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:31 am

Quoting Upupandaway (Reply 28):
You had smoker compartments back then so the plane would also have an interesting smell.

In most aircraft at the time, non smoking was the smallest part of the cabin. Freaks!
 
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:31 am

Quoting AA777223 (Reply 21):
The old days of aviation! It's times like those, looking at those crazy colors, that I'm glad I wasn't alive in the '70s.

I'm glad that I got to fly on all those 707's........
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:36 am

Quoting Dl_mech (Reply 30):
The old days of aviation! It's times like those, looking at those crazy colors, that I'm glad I wasn't alive in the '70s.

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Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:38 am

Quoting Apollo13 (Reply 25):
Everythin was bright as compared to today's schemes looking rather businesslike and professional?

So businesslike/professional = boring. Right. Look, I'm no fan of the '70's, though I was alive for nearly the whole decade. I remember green carpet, green curtains, and green furniture, complemented by brown and orange. Those aren't my colors of choice, but after you've flown 200 flights on uniform blue interiors, you'll cry out for something other than "businesslike/professional."

In the past year, I've flown on the following airlines:

Continental
Delta
Northwest
United
US Airways
Independence Air
AirTran

Every single last one of them has virtually identical interiors, with the exceptions being the now-defunct Flyi and AirTran. Even those use(d) blue.

If you think this is stylish, perhaps a Mao jacket will suit you, too, since utter lack of imagination and style seems to be businesslike these days. You might even be able to get it in navy blue.
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:39 am

I flew on a Delta 727 from CVG-PHX in December '95, and that a/c had the flower power seats.
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:47 pm

The individual perception changes. When I was a child and flew the "new" interiors of Braniff and TWA in the mid/late 60's, I found they where modern and all other interiors were so old fashioned.

By the mid 70's, most airlines had those colorful interiors, also here in Europe. Swissair had the new DC-9-50 delivered in 1975 with seats either in light green, lemon yellow or red, Lufthansa's interiors where either yellow, light green or orange.

In the early 80's, British Airways and SAS introduced the new all over corporate identity and brought those blue seats. At the same time, TWA had this new interior in dark blue, red and grey. I was so excited about these new cool interiors.

Today, I like the interiors of Song and Austrian, simply because it is something new and fresh again and because you know which airline you fly. With the blue interiors of so many other airline, they all look the same and don't create an individual identity.

But what I never understood is how can some airlines have such a big difference between the colors out- and inside, e.g. Northwest having a great livery in grey and red, but the cabin is mainly blue?
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:52 pm

The last US airline Flower Seats I ever went in was the DL 727-200, but other than that the latest I flew was in 2005 several times on Thai Airways A300 and 737-400. They still got flower seats up to day on most of their domestic jets. But the flowers on TG seats are a sharper edged look than soft 70s style ones, but I like the walls that have misty shapes of the ancient Bangkok skyline with temples. The seats are so old, but they seem well maintained as if they were installed recently, not the 1970s.


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Wed Feb 08, 2006 3:24 pm

Quoting Upupandaway (Reply 31):
Yes Thank God you weren't alive inthe 70's!

I don't think I really know how to take that...
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Wed Feb 08, 2006 9:14 pm

Quoting ToTheStars (Reply 20):
It was quite a hassle getting a matching seat cover if by chance one was soiled during the flight. Each different seat cover had a serial number on the bottom. The f/a's had to call fleet service and give them the seat and seat cover number of the cushion. They usually would have one delivered before the flight departed. Now they just throw a blanket over it.

Someone sent me a list from TWA maintenance showing each Convair 880, by ship number, and the seat covers each one would get. It has taken me awhile, but by using brochures and looking at pics of stored 880s and 707s, I have been able to match the seat covers to the numbers and imagine what each of their 880s looked like inside. By my reckoning there were three patterns that TW used to arrange the covers: One was a zig zag, the other had them in blocks from front to back (5 rows of one, 4 of the next, and 5 of another). There was a third one which mixed them so that the colours differed from left to right. Each narrowbody had three seat covers in coach, two in F, and a single colour carpet throughout. On the widebodies, at least the L1011, F class had one carpet, and Y another. For all I know, the 747 may have had different carpets in each zone.

It must have been a headache ordering all of those for inventory and making sure you didn't run out of one colour. In fact if you look at the 880 interior I posted earlier, you'll see the lime green. That's seat cover #5, and it shouldn't have been there (according to my list). Those seats should have been blue (cover #3) , but I suppose they ran out of them (maybe the 880 was on the way out and the didn't want to run up stock of covers), and took the green instead.

I'd give my left you-know-what to get similar lists for the L10s and 707s. I suppose you'd call it airliner paleontology.
 
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Thu Feb 09, 2006 1:23 am

I remember when Air Canada's interior colours were dictated by aircraft type!

The Viscount had alternating blue and yellow seats. (All Y)

The Vanguard had burnt orange in F and the forward Y cabin, and blue in the centre Y cabin.

The DC-9 had orange in F and turquoise in Y, (with some scattered orange in Y ... it was the 60s after all!)

The DC-8-50/61/63 had red/gold in F and pale orange/lime green in Y.

The DC-8-40 had blue in F and grey in Y.

The B747s and the L1011s too had their own unique colours.

What a shame when in the late 80s ALL seat colours became the trademark salmon, then even worse, the current mattress cover green. I don't hold much hope that the new interiors in shades of Celine Dion blue will be any improvement!
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Thu Feb 09, 2006 1:30 am

Quoting LongHauler (Reply 38):
The B747s and the L1011s too had their own unique colours.

I vaguely remember a description in a 70's AC timetable of the 747 having each of the four Economy cabins decorated in the style of one of the four seasons as experienced in Canada. F was apparently decorated using blue and red as the dominent colors. Must have been something to see.

Quoting CF-CPI (Reply 37):
I'd give my left you-know-what to get similar lists for the L10s and 707s. I suppose you'd call it airliner paleontology.

Or archaeology, as the case may be...  Wink

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RE: TWA Interiors From The 70s (Flower Power!)

Thu Feb 09, 2006 1:38 am

Quoting Ctbarnes (Reply 39):
I vaguely remember a description in a 70's AC timetable of the 747 having each of the four Economy cabins decorated in the style of one of the four seasons as experienced in Canada. F was apparently decorated using blue and red as the dominent colors. Must have been something to see.

that's right, the B747-100/200 had blue aisle seats/red window seats in the lower deck F cabin. In the upper deck F lounge, the carpet was red, the seats white leather, with a white marble dance floor!! The Y cabins were from front to back, blue, green yellow then brown. (As you say, winter, spring, summer, autumn)

In the L1011, the seats were again red and blue in F. Y was predominantly yellow, with scattered rows of red, navy blue and dark green in the centre and rear cabin. The forward Y cabin was red and gold.
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RE: TWA Interiors From The 70s (Flower Power!)

Thu Feb 09, 2006 1:44 am

Quoting LongHauler (Reply 40):
In the upper deck F lounge, the carpet was red, the seats white leather, with a white marble dance floor!!

Discotheque at 40,000 feet, anyone? Have DJ will travel!  Big grin

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RE: TWA Interiors From The 70s (Flower Power!)

Thu Feb 09, 2006 2:34 am

Quoting LongHauler (Reply 40):
In the L1011, the seats were again red and blue in F. Y was predominantly yellow, with scattered rows of red, navy blue and dark green in the centre and rear cabin. The forward Y cabin was red and gold.

The economy seats in AC's widebodies had an interesting shape. They were somewhat bulbous and rounded, and featured a control panel that flipped out of the armrest and contained the buttons for reading light, air (on the L10) and entertainment.

I believe the seats were made by Burns. Alitalia had the same types in their early 747s. I found an obscure ad that showed the seat's designer, a professor Lenci, standing with examples from First Class and economy. It was the same curvy shape as the AC seats and of course it looked so sharp since it was an Italian design.
 
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RE: TWA Interiors From The 70s (Flower Power!)

Thu Feb 09, 2006 5:59 am

Quoting ToTheStars (Reply 19):
Flight attendants wore paper dresses matched with the destination, "Penthouse pajamas,' "the Roman toga," "the English pub girl" to name a few.

The paper uniforms were part of TWA's 'Taste Of Europe-Flying In The USA' promotion. Menus featured European dishes. Music from Italy, France, etc played when you boarded. Posters of TWA European destinations were mounted at the forward and aft boarding doors. Pre-takeoff and landing announcements were made in French or German or Italian (as well as English of course). Imagine a safety announcment in Italian on a flight from Pittsburgh to San Farncisco. LOL
 
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RE: TWA Interiors From The 70s (Flower Power!)

Thu Feb 09, 2006 6:32 am

Quoting SR100 (Reply 34):
Swissair had the new DC-9-50 delivered in 1975 with seats either in light green, lemon yellow or red, Lufthansa's interiors where either yellow, light green or orange.

I remember all of those! I also remember a flower interior on an SR DC-10 around 1986 or so--unfortunately, I can't remember the rego, and I never saw another flower interior on SR again. After that, I remember the orange/brown stripe motif SR had on the DC-10s and the 743s...those were the days. LH had a similar pattern on the 742s in the 80s, but more brown.
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RE: TWA Interiors From The 70s (Flower Power!)

Thu Feb 09, 2006 6:33 am

Quoting Nomadic (Reply 43):
Quoting ToTheStars (Reply 19):
Flight attendants wore paper dresses matched with the destination, "Penthouse pajamas,' "the Roman toga," "the English pub girl" to name a few.

The paper uniforms were part of TWA's 'Taste Of Europe-Flying In The USA' promotion. Menus featured European dishes. Music from Italy, France, etc played when you boarded. Posters of TWA European destinations were mounted at the forward and aft boarding doors. Pre-takeoff and landing announcements were made in French or German or Italian (as well as English of course). Imagine a safety announcment in Italian on a flight from Pittsburgh to San Farncisco. LOL

Thanks for the info Nomadic...I wasn't with TWA during that time but have sat on many jumpseats listening to some of the great stories...Do you remember the Peter Sellers commercials touting the great food? Lobster over London...etc.
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RE: TWA Interiors From The 70s (Flower Power!)

Thu Feb 09, 2006 9:38 am

Excellent trip down memory lane guys. Can I ask, does anyone know what the interiors oft the DC-10 and 767 were like on AA in the early to mid 1980's before the blue seats with grey blocks on?

And... does anyone know what BCal and CalAir interiors were like?
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RE: TWA Interiors From The 70s (Flower Power!)

Thu Feb 09, 2006 9:55 am

Quoting CalAir (Reply 46):
Excellent trip down memory lane guys. Can I ask, does anyone know what the interiors oft the DC-10 and 767 were like on AA in the early to mid 1980's before the blue seats with grey blocks on?

The only pictue in the database of an AA DC-10 in the database is in reply 4 above. They went throug several re-vamps including red and orange, as well as white with blue stripes.

BCal, as I recall, had seat covers with orange diamonds with the Calidonian lion woven into the fabric. Anyone else know for sure?

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RE: TWA Interiors From The 70s (Flower Power!)

Thu Feb 09, 2006 9:24 pm

Quoting CalAir (Reply 46):
Excellent trip down memory lane guys. Can I ask, does anyone know what the interiors oft the DC-10 and 767 were like on AA in the early to mid 1980's before the blue seats with grey blocks on?

At an airliner show I picked up a bunch of Boeing pics showing 767 cabins, including early AA and TWA. You mention the blue seats with grey blocks, but the early AA -200 deliveries actually had a different blue seat in economy. It was darker with little black and white rectangles for accents. It didn't last long. Also, these early AA 767s had grey leather in F, but the seats did not have that fleece inset. In fact, the contour of the seatbacks was unlike anything I ever saw again at AA.

Initially, TW had 6-across in F class, using seats that they eventually removed in favor of 5-across, and then removed those when Trans World One came along. Those original first class seats were sort of racy looking, and like the original AA F class seats, they disappeared.
 
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RE: TWA Interiors From The 70s (Flower Power!)

Thu Feb 09, 2006 10:46 pm

Tell me that these colorful seats on TG's A340-500 don't keep the spirit of the 70s alive and well:

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b109/christao17/November%202005/DSCF4292.jpg

And did anybody else think it was odd looking at the 1970s overhead bins that had no doors or covers, just wide open - what a safety nightmare! Of course, that was before everybody brought their 22" Travelpro rollabaords into the cabin.
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